Celestron Outland X Binoculars – A review for Bird-Watching

Celestron Outland X Binoculars – A review for Bird-Watching There is a reason that we have always provided our guests on safari with Celestron Outland X binoculars. They are a great start for wildlife enthusiasts and birdwatchers alike. However, in this article, I will be discussing the limitations of these binoculars as well so you consider these binoculars with the right expectations. But first, a quick overview of binoculars for bird-watching! Binoculars for Bird-watching  Birds are majestic, but to truly appreciate their glory, you will require quality optics/binoculars. These ensure a closer view of the bird while you remain at a distance ensuring the bird’s comfort. Your binoculars should provide a nice, clear picture and precise shades. There are many binoculars available today in the market with different features and specifications. The quality of optics continue to improve, taking into account the feedback received from birdwatchers and other users in […]

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BIRD WATCHING: TOP 6 (INTRODUCTORY) BINOCULARS USED IN INDIA

Bird-watching-binoculars

Is bird watching starting to reel you in? This increasingly popular (and addictive!) hobby is witnessing a growth in India like never before, and more than ever, people are visiting their nearest patch of wilderness to uncover those beautiful avian treasures. However, it can be a challenging hobby first up. How do you spot those little black dots that flit in and out of the canopy for the barest of seconds? When you first start birding, you will soon realize that having the right tools is invaluable for your long-term commitment to the hobby and therefore, it is vital to have a good set of binoculars for bird watching.  As your list of birds and the fascination to bird watch will increase, you will also be on the lookout for the best birding binoculars. However, before you pick any basic binocular that says ‘perfect binoculars for beginners’, you need to […]

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Mumbai Birdwatchers’ Club: Birding by the beach- Bhuigaon, Vasai

Birders just need an excuse to start birdwatching. Even with the first birdwalk of the season starting at the all-time favorite, Bhandup Pumping Station (part of the Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary) where we were sizzled to a crisp with the heat and humidity such that pakoras (fried dumplings) become the popular term to refer to each other, the spirits never once dampened (even with all the sweat!) and there was plenty of demand for the next walk.

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Mumbai Birdwatchers Club: Walk 1- Bhandup Pumping Station (and a quick detour): 30th October, 2016

It was during an eBird monitoring workshop conducted at the Mahim Nature Park in

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Jamnagar- A Birder’s Delight

  It was still dark outside when the alarm rang at 6:00 AM on that nippy morning in December. A couple of minutes later, I got my wake-up call from the front desk as well, at the Hotel President in Jamnagar. I had arrived here last night via Rajkot, extending my trip by a day after a business trip to Morbi. The reason? It had been a call a few weeks ago from a family friend of my wife. My wife’s friend, Manisha is a school teacher and her husband, Mukesh a doctor in the army, and they had recently moved to Jamnagar based on the good doctor’s peace tenure and they had dangled the proverbial carrot in front of me, by insisting that I must visit, not only to meet them, but to come and witness the spectacular migratory birds that visited this town and its outskirts during winter. […]

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Communing with Nature: BR Hills, Karnataka, India

It was late evening on our 3rd safari, and I had squeezed myself in the gap between the two seats on our jeep, crouched, pointing my camera lens slightly upwards. Light was falling, and I was thanking my stars I had brought along the bean bag for additional stability. Along with my wife and the other co-passengers in my jeep including our naturalist, Nataraj, we silently waited for the sleeping head to rise.. But that’s just me rushing to the one of the highlights of our trip to the Biligirirangan Hills, Karnataka (locally known as Biligiriranganabetta). We had decided to forego our annual trip to one of India’s wildlife reserves during our anniversary, opting to combine a longer trip post the Christmas weekend extending into the New Year. We would meet inevitably with our cousins to celebrate New Year’s eve during the latter part of our journey in pristine Wayanad. […]

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Chitwan – A Treasure of the Terai

(The following is a condensed write-up of the article published in the Saevus magazine, July 2015. The visit took place during March 2015) Finally, a clear day! Our spirits had been dampened due to 2 days of unseasonal cloudy weather, hailstones and rain in Pokhara, Nepal. We had been disappointed on not getting a clear view of the famed Annapurna range, but today morning as we began our journey, the majesty of the Himalayas would be revealed to us. An open ground where locals were playing soccer and zipping around in scooters, rolling hills in the distance, were all dwarfed by the sheer scale and size of these snow-clad monoliths. Humbling to say the least! Apart from this wondrous sight though, there was one more reason I was elated to wake up to bright sunshine, we were heading to the destination I had been looking forward to the most during this trip […]

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It’s a Frog’s World- Part 2: Munnar, Kerala

Continued from the previous post…. The next day we made our long road journey to Munnar, a land of tea plantations set amongst the grand Anamalais. Here we would be met by two amazing researchers, both of whom we had heard much about, Lilly Margaret and Sandeep Das. Varad, through the course of his studies throughout the country, had managed to convince these two to take some valuable time off their research projects to join us and impart their collective knowledge. We met Lilly first, well known for her work involving the study of amphibians in modified landscapes. As she would elaborate, tea plantations have been in Munnar as long as 1890, and along with eucalyptus formed the dominant landscape in and around Munnar. Yet as her work was beginning to show (and we would soon see first-hand), anurans here were resilient, and had not only survived but adapted and […]

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